If it’s worth storing, it’s worth insuring.

Although thankfully the chances of damage to your belongings while they’re in self storage are small, it is still highly advisable to take out insurance on them.

First things first, if you’re storing items from your home, check your current home contents insurance policy to see whether the items are covered when they are away from your property and for how long they’ll be covered when they’re away from your home. Not all policies cover this but some do so it’s worth checking this first. One thing to bear in mind however if your policy does cover your contents when they are away from home, is that you might have to give them notice that you’re moving the items, and wait for this to be approved before you can actually do it.

Kiwi Self Storage offer really good value, tailored insurance that you can purchase on site when you sign up for storage. It’s on-the-spot cover with no long forms to fill in, no having to wait on the phone to speak to an insurance company and no call centres. It’s as simple as ticking a box, and depending on how much insurance cover you need, it may costs as little as a cup of coffee per month. Plus, this is often a lot simpler than trying to extend your current coverage and keeps things separate. If you do choose to go with our insurance, you don’t need to worry about the policy expiring because as long as you’re storing with us, your items will be insured.

At Kiwi Self Storage, our insurance provider is NZI and if you have any questions about it, our friendly managers are on hand to answer them for you. Give them a call on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website for more information about self storage.

Some of our customer testimonials

We love hearing from happy customers! Here are just some of our customer testimonials!

“Excellent customer service!!! Very clean and organised space. Well located place. I strongly reccommend!” – Bruno Assoni

“Friendly helpful staff, good premises.” – Simon Gould-Thorpe

“I’ve had storage units for 20+ years and been with most of them (various groups). Kiwi Self Storage are by far the best. Exceptional service and never any dramas.” – Aleki Bon

“This team are fantastic, they were informative, they helped me understand what I needed when I had to increase my storage. When it came time to move out, they could tell me what size truck and referred me to a team who could help me with the move. Super stars, can’t think more highly of them :-)” – Rebecca Brown

“We had three storage units over a number of months. What made the experience fantastic? We were treated as people and called by our names rather than our unit numbers. People live onsite and the Police Station is down the road! Finally after months, not any mildew or mold on anything. Thank you to all concerned. Moving Made Easy NZ.” – Brynce Owen

“Really helpful staff, great location.” – Ryan Watkinson

“I have used Kiwi Storage North Shore 3 times personally now and recommended it to family members who have also used. It’s a fantastic set up with 24 hr secure access, easy to locate units and access them, ladders and trolleys available, and close to the motorway. Highly recommend.” – Sarah-Anne Jackson

“Can’t speak highly enough of the professionalism of the Team in Ellerslie and also the impeccable storage facilities. I certainly would recommend them and wouldn’t hesitate in using your facilities again” – Michele Bain

“My husband and I recently had occasion to store our car at the Kilbirnie facility. Our experience with the staff and management there was truly a pleasure. We primarily corresponded with Simon Romanos who could not have been more communicative, friendly, helpful, and supportive. Simon, Greg, Alex and the management were all terrific to work with. We would recommend this facility to anyone.” – Sally Powell

“Great customer service, fast turnaround, they were super helpful. I’d recommend them to anyone.” – Michele Konrad

“We stored our household items with Kiwi Self Storage for 15 months, while moving overseas. Allan from Kiwi storage, went really out of his way. He gave me a hand with a trip to the dump, provided access to the storage facilities to other people while we were overseas. He responded promptly to e-mails and adjusted the storage terms to our fairly fluid plans. I highly recommend Allan and Kiwi Self Storage to look after you, while you are moving overseas where things could change and you need someone to be flexible and helpful back in New Zealand.” – Sebastian Ziemke

If you’re thinking about self storage, our friendly managers are just at the other end of the phone. Give them a call today on 0800 58 57 56 or fill out a short enquiry form on our website and they’ll call you back. We make storage easy.

Self storage for businesses

Most people are aware of the benefits of using self storage for residential purposes, but did you know that more and more businesses have started utilizing self storage units to grow their business too?

Here are the three biggest benefits to using self storage for your business:

  1. They give you the opportunity to buy or create products in bulk without them taking over your home.
  2. The rental agreements are flexible so you can downgrade or upgrade your space easily as your business evolves.
  3. Self storage units are conveniently located and secure.

At Kiwi Self Storage, we can help with deliveries and we also have transitional facilities in both Auckland and Wellington so you can unload containers. That plus free use of trolleys and trailers, on-site managers and lots of experience helping small- and medium-sized businesses makes it easy.

To find out more, visit our website or call our friendly managers today on 0800 58 57 56.

Planning, packaging and packing

Whether you’re moving house, taking a sabbatical, starting a small business, planning to rent out your spare room on Airbnb, redecorating etc. it’s important to pack your belongings properly.

As we’ve said before, a general rule for packing is that you should put everything into boxes and anything that doesn’t fit into boxes should be covered. Even if your storage facility is clean and dry, covering up items such as mattresses and sofas ensures that they stay fresh.

Boxes should be filled to capacity but not overfilled; partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse. Heavy items like books and tools should be packed in smaller boxes so they are easy to handle. Packing and labeling boxes room by room makes the unpacking much easier and if you need to find something in storage you will have some idea of which carton to begin looking in.

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We like to use coloured stickers on ours – make sure you put them on the side of the box and not the top though! All you need is a selection of coloured stickers and one piece of paper which indexes which colours represent which rooms. Easy!

At Kiwi Self Storage, we’re there for you when you need us. We sell a range of sturdy cardboard boxes, padlocks, bubble wrap and wrapping paper, furniture covers and packing tape at all of our facilities, and we can advise you on how to make the most of your space.

We make storage easy.

Real life ‘Storage Wars’

As you might have learned from the popular US show, Storage Wars, when people are very overdue on their payments, their units are put up for auction. Potential bidders decide whether or not to buy, based on what they can see from a photo/a short amount of time looking  into the unit from outside – no touching/moving things out of the way allowed.

Now, it’s not quite like that in real life but there have been some quite extraordinary items discovered in storage units around the world.

Here are our top three:

The submarine car from The Spy Who Loved Me

This car was found in a storage container bought by a man who had never actually seen any James Bond films in his life. Apparently eight versions of the car appear in the film but until that point, only seven could be accounted for. It was later bought by Tesla founder, Elon Musk for almost $1m.

A NASA countdown clock and rocket

These items were actually found by two of the Auction Hunters in Miami. They met with a space memorabilia expert to authenticate the items before reselling them.

Celebrities’ belongings

From Aretha Franklin’s clothes to Burt Reynolds’ film memorabilia, and Nicholas Cage’s stolen first edition of the Superman comic to unheard Michael Jackson songs, sometimes you can find all sorts of treasures hidden in self storage units.

How to pack for storage

As a general rule, everything that can fit into boxes – should, and anything that can’t – should be covered. Here are some tips on packing the most common items.

Electronics and computers

Where possible, pack all electronic equipment back in their original boxes and tape them closed, they should then be stored upright. If you don’t have the original boxes, wrap them in bubble wrap and store them in marked boxes. You should also remove the batteries from any battery-powered items as they may leak over time.

Fridges, freezers and whiteware

It’s really important that fridges and freezers are thoroughly defrosted, cleaned and dried before you store them. Once clean, leave the door wedged ajar to help them remain fresh. Ensure that washing machines and dishwashers are completely drained before storing. No items should be left plugged in or running.

Mirrors, windows, screens and paintings

All of these types of item should be protected by a packing material like bubble wrap or in a flat pack carton, and should be stored standing on their edges in an upright position, not lying flat.

Dishes and glassware

Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper. We don’t advise using newspaper as it can be very messy and possibly stain your items. Nest your cups and bowls, and stand plates, saucers, casserole dishes and platters on their edges. Fill in any gaps in the boxes with scrunched up packing paper or linen. Make sure you label all boxes containing fragile items like these and avoid storing heavy items on top of them.

Furniture

All furniture should be thoroughly clean and dry before being stored. Wooden furniture should be polished and wrapped with corrugated cardboard. It’s a good idea to buy proper protective covers for these items. Mattresses and bed bases should also be wrapped or covered.

Precious items

Ensure that these are wrapped in acid free tissue paper and packed in boxes marked ‘fragile’.

Lawn mowers and other machinery

Drain the fuel and oil from all machinery and store upright. Lawn mowers are very prone to oil and fuel leakage when stored on their side and spillage can damage other goods in your space. Gas bottles from BBQs and heaters must be emptied before storing.

For tips on storing anything else, feel free to get in touch with our friendly managers by calling 0800 58 57 56 or visiting our website.

 

What can I put in my self storage unit?

You can store almost anything including:

  • Household contents
  • Files and documents
  • Stock and other commercial items
  • Tools and equipment
  • Sports equipment
  • Cars
  • Boats and trailers

Don’t store any goods that are illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, toxic, hazardous, perishable, will attract vermin or that are a risk to the property of any person (e.g. gas, chlorine, acid, paint, petrol and anything that can leak.

If you aren’t sure whether or not you can store something, feel free to give us a call on 0800 58 57 56 and we’ll do our best to answer your questions.